Published: 9 April 2014

Number of polytechnic degrees continued growing

According to Statistics Finland's Education Statistics, 24,800 degrees were completed at polytechnics in 2013, which was 3.8 per cent more than in the previous year. The number of polytechnic degrees has grown steadily over the past four years. The number of higher polytechnic degrees has grown most. In 2013, altogether 1,900 higher polytechnic degrees were completed of which over one-third in the fields of welfare, health and sport.

Completed polytechnic degrees from 2005 to 2013

Completed polytechnic degrees from 2005 to 2013

A total of 22,900 polytechnic degrees were completed, 18,900 in youth education and 4,000 in adult education. Seven per cent of polytechnic degrees (youth education) were completed by foreign citizens.

Women completed more than 60 per cent of all degrees in polytechnic education. Most degrees, 34 per cent, were completed in the fields of welfare, health and sport, and over 88 per cent of these were completed by women. The second most degrees were completed in the technology and transport sector, 24 per cent. Of these degrees, four out of five were completed by men. The third most degrees were completed in the fields of social sciences, business economics and administration, 21 per cent.

Completed polytechnic degrees by fields of education (Educational Administration’s calssification) and gender in 2013

Completed polytechnic degrees by fields of education (Educational Administration’s calssification) and gender in 2013

In 2013, the median time for completing a polytechnic degree was four years. In polytechnic education directed at young people, the fields of welfare, health and sport had the fastest completion times, three-and-a-half years. The longest completion times in polytechnic education directed at young people were found among students in the technology sector, five years. The medians have been calculated from gross study times, so the study times also include terms of absence. In addition, studying may have been part-time. The study times were calculated at an accuracy of one month.

The highest number of degrees was attained at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, 2,730 and the lowest at the Police University College of Finland, 14. More detailed information on degrees attained at polytechnics, for instance, by field of education and polytechnic, can be found in the appendix tables .


Source: Education, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Anna Loukkola 09 1734 3678, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Tables

Tables in databases

Appendix tables

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Updated 9.4.2014

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): University of applied sciences education [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-3196. Polytechnic education students 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.7.2019].
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